The Sacaton Elementary School District invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Superintendent.
Superintendent: SY 20|21/Supt 20|21
SACATON Elementary School District
Sacaton Elementary School District Profile
The Sacaton Elementary School District No. 18 is a rural public school located on the Gila River Indian Reservation in south-central Arizona. The District’s attendance area encompasses the central Gila River communities of Sweetwater, Casa Blanca, Bapchule, Sacaton, Santa Cruz, Stotonic, and Goodyear.
The District has grown considerably throughout its history. Starting with one administrator and six teachers in 1966, the District now has 9 administrators, over 44 teachers, and over 50 support staff who collectively serve more than 580 students in preschool through eighth grade. Students attend classes at Sacaton Elementary and Sacaton Middle Schools. High school-age students in the Community continue their education by attending school in surrounding school districts.
District Staffing Information
Current staffing levels are as follows:
Administrators – 9Certified Teachers – 44Certified Counselors – 1Classified Support Staff – 56
District Budget Information
Regular Education$3,656,220Special Education$917,191Federal Impact Aid$13,000,000State Grants$153,900Federal Grants$3,593,538Unrestricted Capitol$1,369,247
The Sacaton, Arizona Community
Sacaton serves as the Gila River Indian Community’s capital. The reservation is home to over 22,923 Community members. The Gila River Indian Community, located on 372,000 acres in south-central Arizona is home to the indigenous people of Akimel O’Otham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes. The people are known for their farming, traditions, basket weaving, and pottery. The Gila River Indian Community is comprised of seven districts. The tribal administrative offices and departments are located in Sacaton and serve the people throughout these seven community districts. 100% of profits from gaming and 17 other enterprises utilized by the Community provide services and opportunities to advance the highest quality of life.
Members of the Gila River Indian Community blend modern economic and political activities with social and spiritual values based on their 2,000-year ancestry. The Community residents enjoy the convenience of living between Phoenix, 45 minutes north, and Tucson, 60 minutes south. This proximity provides residents the opportunity to take advantage of both urban areas’ cultural, athletic, and educational advantages. This central location between two major cities also offers economic benefits to the Community. With the establishment of the Gila River casinos, which are located in the Community and are owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community, residents from both urban areas have easy access to casino gaming and entertainment. The Community utilizes all profits from gaming to expand the Tribe’s economic development, providing additional support for social services to Community members and tribal operations.
Winters are mild in this region of Arizona. However, the Community’s location provides easy access to winter activities in Flagstaff and the mountain regions of Arizona. Summers are hot in the desert region of Arizona but, again, with easy access to Arizona’s mountain regions to the north and the Pacific Ocean and Pacific coastline to the west, opportunities to enjoy cooler weather are easily accessible.
The Gila River Community and its tribal leaders are actively preparing for the future with involvement in economic development activities, the protection of and appropriate use of natural resources, and participation with the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. In celebration of its heritage, the Community is proud that Pima (Akimel O’Otham) Native American, Ira Hayes, was born and raised in Sacaton. Ira Hayes was one of the Marines who assisted in raising the United States flag on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. In honor of all U.S. servicemen who died during the Battle of Iwo Jima, Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post No. 84 hosts the two Iwo Jima Flag Raising Anniversary February.
In searching for a new Superintendent, the Governing Board’s goal is to hire a Superintendent who will continue to lead the District to higher levels of student achievement. The Board desires a Superintendent who will collaborate with students, staff, parents, and the Community. The Board is seeking a Superintendent who enthusiastically demonstrates leadership and fosters a positive relationship between the Community and the District. This individual shall model a pursuit of excellence for students and the overall district operations. The qualifications for the new Superintendent are as follows:
- Possesses a Superintendent Certificate
- Minimum of three years successful teaching experience
- Minimum of five years’ successful administrative experience
- Holds an advanced degree from an accredited college or university
- Knowledge of Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards and their application to curriculum
- Experience in working in Federal Impact Aid districts
- Knowledge of Gila River Indian Community and Tribal law
- Knowledge of school finance at both district and school-site levels
- Experience and knowledge in the management of school district operations
- District-level administrative experience
EXPERTISE AND APTITUDES
- Prefers experience working in a rural and economically diverse school district
- Verified success in implementing programs that improve student achievement
- Has demonstrated skill in supervising employees at all levels
- Possesses cultural awareness and a sensitivity to the unique challenges of students
- Practices active listening to gain stakeholder input
- Knowledge of appropriate personnel procedures and practices
- Has experience in a school or school district where student achievement has been increasing
- Knowledge of current education policy and political climate
- Understand the social challenges of Native American communities
- Experience motivating staff members and students, improving morale, and generating enthusiasm
- Includes staff, stakeholders, and students as appropriate in the development of recommendations
- Provides well-researched, data-driven recommendations to the Governing Board
- Committed to be an active participant in the Community and community groups
- Practices high standard of personal and professional ethics
- Effective in time management and organization of professional/personal lives
- Practices in Open Door Policy for students, staff, parents, and community members
- Demonstrates a desire to collaborate with staff in decision making
- Regularly attends and supports student activities
Salary and Contract Terms
The base salary for this position is $100,000 to $115,000. The successful candidate’s actual salary will be determined during contract negotiations and will be based on experience and professional preparation.
A competitive benefit package that will be finalized during contract negotiations.
Vacancy Announced (5:00PM AZ time):April 21, 2021Deadline for Applications (12 noon AZ time):May 17, 2021Applicant Screening with Governing Board:May 25, 2021Candidate tour of schools & Interviews:TBD(Subject to change)Announcement of New Appointment:TBD(Subject to change)Incoming Superintendent Assumes Duties:July 1. 2021
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